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March 24, 2022

Digital Learning Day at Dallas ISD

Sam JK Neal

Dallas ISD participates in Digital Learning Day 2022 with a day-long series of digital activities for educators and students.

What is Digital Learning Day?

The digital learning landscape has changed so much in the past few years. No longer confined to the walls of the classroom, digital learning can take place any time, any place, in more ways than ever before. Digital Learning Day (or DLDay, for short), an initiative led by All4Ed, is a day to highlight the digital resources available and to celebrate the educators on the cutting edge who are taking digital learning to new heights.

Dallas ISD’s #DLDay Success

At Dallas ISD, Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning Dr. Charissa Govan and her team celebrated DLDay in a big way. On February 22, 2022, Dr. Govan and her team organized and facilitated a day-long series of digital learning experiences. Teachers and students chose from a menu of digital learning options and participated in live sessions via Zoom or asynchronous sessions using guided resources.

One such session, presented by bulb Customer Success Manager Sam JK Neal, brought student dreams and goals to life with a vision board activity. Vision boards are powerful because visualization is powerful — it’s one of the most popular and effective mind exercises you can do and is now considered by many to be a staple of creative thought exercises.

The vision board activity, completed in 30-minute sessions with Dallas students, was inspired by hello bulb week.

Participating classes, like Zenitra Martinez-Smith’s Pathways to College and Career Readiness classes from Dallas Environmental Science Academy, created multimodal vision boards using images, audio recordings, and more to bring goals and ambitions to life.

"Digital Learning Day preparation involved many factors, including creating learning themes and determining which digital applications to showcase. Bulb quickly jumped to mind and was a seamless addition as a follow-up to a larger January teacher-facing student digital portfolio training. Students and teachers who attended Bulb's Digital Learning Day sessions were impressed with the platform. A student's takeaway from the session highlighted the purpose of the vision board activity: "(One thing I learned was) that you need a lot of things to get a job.""

What did the students think?

One of the biggest things students enjoyed during their DLDay activities was experimenting with different multimedia tools to express goals and capture ideas using their unique voices.

They liked having creative freedom and control over their content, especially considering how easily they were able to follow along with the activities in bulb and discover new features on their own in the process.

You can see students’ personalities come to life with Jinny and Jason’s digital portfolio pages from the day’s activities. These example pages are were recreated for public viewing by request to protect students’ privacy.

Try it for yourself

Digital Learning Day 2022 may have formally come and gone, but digital classrooms are becoming the standard in schools all across the globe, so there’s never a bad time to try out a new activity with your students. Using the resources from hello bulb week, this example vision board, and our Activity Guide, you can create your own DLDay today!

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